Press Roundup Monday 16 August 2010

By Press Office
August 16, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily by George Fitzherbert-Brockholes, and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids

Economy & Politics:

Hughes: Liberal Democrats will fight against Tories
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes has confirmed the party will field candidates against the Tories at the next general election.

Nick Clegg's hopes of running the country dashed by prime minister
Despite David Cameron being on holiday, the deputy prime minister has not been left holding the reins of power

Milburn attacked for taking coalition role
Alan Milburn faced an angry backlash from former colleagues last night after he became the most prominent Labour figure to accept a job from the Tory-Liberal Democrat Government.

Peace & War:

Gen Petraeus casts doubt on July 2011 deadline for Afghan withdrawal
General David Petraeus, the new commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan, has cast doubt on Barack Obama's July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing coalition forces

Religion & Society:

'Ground Zero Mosque' row reignites after Obama voices support
Making either a brave or foolhardy contribution to a hugely divisive debate that could play a role in the coming mid-term elections, Barack Obama spent the weekend voicing and then revoicing his belief that an Islamic organisation should be allowed to build a mosque on land it has bought near Ground Zero in New York.

Lourdes is cleared by bomb scare
Thousands of people, many of them disabled or ill, were evacuated from the shrine at Lourdes yesterday after a bomb threat.

Community & Family:

Desperate children as young as FIVE phoning Childline about parents drinking or taking drugs
More than 100 children call a helpline each week to talk about their parents drinking or taking drugs, a charity said today.

Education & Culture:

New Scottish Curriculum for Excellence takes effect
A controversial overhaul of classroom teaching in Scotland will take effect as secondary pupils begin returning to school after the summer break.

High-earning graduates could face 20% levy on top of tuition fees
University funding proposal comes as David Willetts warns more than 160,000 applicants may miss out on places this year

Thousands of straight-A students could miss out on university
As many as 3,500 students with straight A grades at A-level could miss out on university, a minister has warned.

Sex & Gender:

New book leads 'backlash' against sexual stereotypes that say men are from Mars and women are from Venus
Common beliefs that women can't read maps and men struggle to understand emotions are nothing more than "neurosexism", according to a new book that argues there is no innate difference between the sexes.

Ecology & Environment:

A green alternative to burial
Legal in six US states, a Belgian undertaker is pushing for relatives of the recently deceased to be given the option of dissolving their loved ones.

Mankind is using up global resources faster than ever
The growing world population and increasing consumption has pushed the world into ‘eco-debt’ a month earlier this year, according to the latest statistics on global resources.

Life & Death:

Government to promise end to mixed-sex hospital wards – reports
Labour calls coalition plans 'hollow' and an 'empty gesture' following previous attempts to stamp out practice

Scientific breakthrough as red blood cells are made from IVF embryos
British scientists have turned stem cells from spare IVF embryos into red blood cells as part of a project to manufacture synthetic blood on an industrial-scale. It is believed to be the first time in Britain that human red blood cells have been created from embryonic stem cells and it marks a milestone in a project aimed at producing blood for medical transfusions.

'Dr Death' calls for assisted suicide for those who are not terminally ill
Elderly people should be allowed to end their lives with the help of a doctor even if they are not terminally ill, according to a new campaign group that claims to have widespread support.

Race & Identity:

Immigrants cause job losses? Like ice-cream brings sharks
To claim the statistics show that foreigners are to blame for rising unemployment is a leap of xenophobic bad faith

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